08 Oct
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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Immigration Liberation Project

Contributed by Greg Norman, UCDF Board Member UCDF volunteers have organized to support lawyers working pro bono for their asylum-seeking clients in detention centers around the U.S. by filling a particular and urgent need – putting these lawyers in contact with Mayan-language speaking immigration activists in Guatemala to provide interpreting services and help them prepare […]

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08 Oct
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UPAVIM in the Era of Mass Deportations

Contributed by Edward Murphy, Ph. D, Board Member Since Donald Trump has been president, it has become increasingly clear that we live in an era of mass deportations.  Yet amid all of the noise and inhumane immigration policies of the Trump presidency, it may come as a surprise that the actual pace of deportations has […]

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24 Jun
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Field Trip, Band Fundraising, Fuego Volcano Relief

The following is extracted from the blog of Sofia Gomez, an english teacher at UPAVIM in Guatemala City. Field Trip! As I write this, we are a few weeks into our third quarter, and we have our mid-year break in a week. Work continues to be busy and trying at times, but every now and […]

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22 Jun
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Reforzamiento / Reforz

UPAVIM provides an educational support program for children and their families called reforzamiento. This program is an after school/before school program that assists children in learning.  In reforzamiento the children are provided a safe place to learn, play and grow. For some this reforzamiento will be the only education that they will be able to […]

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07 Sep
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Turning Handmade Textiles Into Home Decor Pillows

This article originates from Cultural Cloth, by Angie Brown. Sometimes in the past we would meet artisans who made beautiful handmade weavings or amazingly detailed embroideries but they did not have the resources to take these handmade pieces and make them into pillows and home décor that we could sell in our shop. They didn’t […]

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10 Aug
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We’re moving up

UPAVIM CAA, our alternative learning center, is in for a big and much anticipated upgrade. With a current toll of 148 students between the grades of kindergarten to sixth, it’s a tight fit in our current available space. Several classrooms are split by temporary walls and are home to two grade levels each. Not only […]

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09 Aug
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UPAVIM is in my blood

There is so much to be done here. So many ways the families of UPAVIM need us. Being here, I see and feel the impact of the work we do on a daily basis. I see it in the smiles and feel it in the hugs. These women and children are in my blood now. I don’t think I’ll ever really be able to leave them.

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01 Jul
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Education is Hope is La Esperanza

With One Today, we hope to make giving to upavim a fun and social activity you can share with your friends! One Today allows you to join a community of socially minded individuals, all with the same goal of changing the world, one day and one dollar at a time.

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30 Jun
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Itty Bitty Global Gift Shop Opens in Berkeley Springs

Good things comes in small packages, and GREAT things come in ITTY BITTY packages!  The recent move of the UPAVIM Crafts warehouse from Maryland to the spa and art vacation town of Berkeley Springs, WV,  afforded the opportunity for a small retail site … thus the Itty Bitty Global Gift Shop was born. As late […]

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